Cardiff 0 Barnsley 2: Bogdanovic wins Robins praise

BARNSLEY ended a three-game losing streak by putting a serious dent in Cardiff City's own hopes of making the Championship play-offs.

Cardiff were hit by two early Barnsley goals which were down to the home side's "crazy" defending, according to Bluebirds manager Dave Jones.

Daniel Bogdanovic took advantage of the visitors' bright start in the ninth and 12th minutes to secure a 2-0 win for the South Yorkshire side.

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The home team were caught cold by two simple passes straight down the middle and for most of the match they were outfought by a Barnsley side who had suffered defeat in their last three games.

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Tykes manager Mark Robins praised Bogdanovic's effort, which helped stop a poor run by his team.

"I always knew we were capable of winning matches, although we have been on a poor run lately," said Robins.

"I am pleased for the players and for the travelling support as we have taken them to the depths the last two away games.

"We knew we would have to defend as Cardiff have players who can score all over the field.

"Daniel Bogdanovic was excellent today and when he wants to compete he is a very intelligent player and it will be brilliant for the club if he continues like that."

Cardiff had the first chance of the game when Michael Chopra lofted over a Chris Burke corner from in front of the posts in the second minute.

Barnsley took the lead when Hugo Colace threaded a pass through the centre of a static Cardiff defence for Bogdanovic to easily beat the advancing Peter Enckelman in the home goal.

Three minutes later Barnsley doubled their lead in the same manner. This time it was Adam Hammill who sent Bogdanovic free down the middle as he hammered home a first-time shot.

Cardiff rarely threatened until midway through the second half when, in the space of two minutes, Barnsley keeper Luke Steele saved well from Chopra and Gabor Gyepes and then Gavin Rae struck the crossbar.

But it was Barnsley who deservedly held out to record a double over the Welsh side.

"We showed a lack of awareness defensively and they were crazy goals to give away," said Cardiff boss Jones.

"We are better than that and never worked hard enough."

Cardiff City: Enckelman, McNaughton, Kennedy, Gyepes, Gerrard (Matthews 46), Rae, Whittingham, Burke, Wildig (McCormack 35), Bothroyd, Chopra. Unused substitutes: Marshall, Quinn, Taiwo, Blake, Feeney.

Barnsley: Steele, Hassell, Foster, Potter, Dickinson, Colace, Teixeira, Macken (Rodriguez 76), Hammill, Doyle, Bogdanovic (Gray 76). Unused substitutes: Preece, De Silva, Butterfield, Noble-Lazarus, Heslop.

Referee: K Stroud (Hampshire).

Tykes man of the match: Daniel Bogdanovic.

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